Abstract painting, focus on colour and large-scale techniques

Course Dates: 20/04/20 - 23/04/20
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Amanda Knight

Inspired by the Abstract Expressionists? Explore a range of large-scale painting techniques, including staining, squeegees, rollers and stencils. Learn how to investigate ideas in tone and colour, and develop the art of controlled experimentation! Some basic experience required.


What is the course about?

This course makes use of one of our larger painting studios with wall-style easels and table-space. You will learn how to relate small-scale studies to large-scale experimentation, plus practical techniques for colour-palette research and paint-preparation. The aim is to develop personal fluidity: advancing your ideas through the inventive use of painting tools and materials, with ongoing recourse to form and context. Includes lively group discussion of ideas and developments, plus regular individual tutoring.

What will we cover?

- Routes into large-scale image-making
- Balancing self-expression and formal composition
- Relating tone and colour; colour-mixing, and colour-palette strategies
- Tools and techniques, including pouring, squeegee, rollers, stencils
- Building surface: layering and scaling-up marks
- Personal image development and contextual discussion.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Paint with individual purpose, in response to varied starting points
- Translate small-scale visual studies into larger-scale experimentation
- Use simple geometry to anchor a composition
- Contrast and layer acrylic colours with increased confidence and sensitivity
- Use a range of tools and techniques to build a confident repertoire of large-scale marks
- Make contextual connections and identify strategies for developing your work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Some basic painting experience is necessary (any Level-1 painting course 30 hours), you should be familiar with simple colour-mixing and use of acrylic paints. Includes one session of floor-work – ie. painting on the ground – but this can be done on a table. Please contact visual arts in advance if you need further information: visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Practical painting activity balanced with image-development exercises; working individually and occasionally in pairs. You will be asked to participate actively with studio prep, pack-away and cleaning each day.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All paper and paint is provided, plus a limited amount of un-stretched canvas. An A4 sketchbook is recommended to plan ideas and make notes. You can also bring stretched canvas up to 100x80cm, your tutor will advise when the course begins.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

VM723 Contemporary painting studio
VM790 Ways into abstract painting
VH660 Draw, paint, print
VH580 Contemporary art sketchbook walk
Monoprinting and/or screenprinting.


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A wonderful course, rich in information and ideas for the future. Much achieved during it, thanks to the exceptionally good time management, knowledge and individual attention of the tutor.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/04/2019)
Great tutor and if they are interested in developing their painting skills, this course is a must!
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Course Code: VM889

Mon-Thu, day, 20 Apr - 23 Apr '20

Duration: 4 sessions

Full fee: £299.00
Senior fee: £239.00
Concession: £182.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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